MEDICATION ERRORS: The route of the problem

April 2006 
Volume 36  Number 4
Pages 14 - 14
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A prescriber, unaware of a vast difference between safe oral and parenteral doses for the beta-blocker metoprolol, ordered 50 mg I.V.—10 times the normal parenteral dose. A nurse contacted the prescriber to question the order, but the prescriber refused to change the dose and told her to “just give it.”

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